Archive for July, 2016

Photo-journalists debunk doubts on ‘La Pieta’ picture

Proof of the greatness of a creation is the emotion that it evokes, favorable or unfavorable. Such is the picture of Jennelyn Olaires cradling the dead body of her partner, Michael Siaron, a 30-year-old pedicab driver, who was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men while he was waiting for passengers past midnight of July 22 in […]

July 28, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance, Media  23 Comments

Like Andanar, I cried listening to the President’s speech

Press Secretary Martin Andanar, who said he cried when he read the draft of President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address, was not being melodramatic. I, too, cried listening to the President’s speech. I don’t know which part made Andanar cry. As for me, it was the part when he lambasted media for likening […]

July 26, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Human Rights, Illegal Drugs  23 Comments

Duterte gives Yasay a graceful exit

Now I see how astute President Duterte is. He can appear to be assuring you of his trust and confidence while actually cutting your neck. That was what his July 19 video statement released by Malacañang on the status of Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. showed. In the video, a very formal Duterte in barong […]

July 21, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  10 Comments

How much did PH pay for foreign lawyers in case vs China?

(I did this article for VERA Files.) The government paid $7 million in legal fees to the international team that gave the Philippines its landmark victory against China over the disputed features in the South China Sea, a member of the Philippine delegation to The Hague hearings said. The source who asked for anonymity said […]

July 21, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  3 Comments

Questions remain about some senator winners in May election

When 17th Congress opens on July 25, the Senate will have a new set of 12 legislators -winners of the senatorial race in the recent May 9 elections. Not all are new faces in the Senate because there were re-electionists like Franklin Drilon, Tito Sotto, and Ralph Recto. There were also the balik-Senado, former senators […]

July 20, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  8 Comments

FVR wants to clarify role as special envoy to China

Former President Fidel V. Ramos said there are some things he has to discuss with President Duterte before he agrees to be the latter’s special envoy to China. Duterte made the announcement during a tribute to him by his fellow Bedans at Club Filipino in Greenhills last Thursday and Ramos said, “It was noisy, there […]

July 17, 2016   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  6 Comments

China avoids criticizing PH, hits Arbitral court

Take note that in China’s reaction to the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the case filed by the Philippines against its all-encompassing nine-dash-line map and its claim of maritime rights over Scarborough Shoal and the Spratlys, it hit the Tribunal, not the Philippine government. Definitely, not President Rodrigo Duterte. If this sets […]

July 14, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  6 Comments

The South China Sea Arbitration: the Philippines’ Nicaraguan moment

By Romel Regalado Bagares And so the Philippines has just had its Nicaraguan moment as it clinched a unanimous decision in most of its 15 arbitral claims against Chinese “Nine-Dash Line” expansionism in the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration, in a landmark ruling released July 12 on the case In the Matter […]

July 14, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  4 Comments

PH wins: Arbitral court invalidates China’s 9-dash line

The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled today that China’s all-encompassing nine-dash line is not valid. (To read the 501-page Award, please click to this site: “The Tribunal found that China’s claim to historic rights to resources was incompatible with the detailed allocation of rights and maritime zones in the Convention and concluded that, to […]

July 13, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  29 Comments

Inspired by Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, solons propose state-run crematoriums

Inspired by the spate of killings which is an offshoot of President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, three congressmen proposed building a crematorium in every legislative district. The proposal, contained in House Bill No. 135 authored by AKO Bicol party list Representatives Rodel Batocabe, Alfredo Garbin, and Christopher Co, is reminiscent of Nazi Germany more […]

July 12, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Illegal Drugs  5 Comments